PNP assures readiness of police forces vs CPP-NPA offensive

PNP assures readiness of police forces vs CPP-NPA offensive

PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos

By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — The Philippine National Police high command alerted all Police Regional Offices and national operating units to heighten vigilance against possible hostilities by the local communist terrorists on the eve of the 53rd founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26.

“The CPP and its armed wing, the New People’s Army are known to stage armed offensive actions to drumbeat commemoration of significant dates in the underground communist organization,” PNP Chief, Police General Dionardo B Carlos said.

“Historically, there are documented incidents of high-profile tactical engagements against government forces, and hostilities against soft targets launched by the CPP-NPA to mark the CPP anniversary every December 26th, and the NPA anniversary on March 29th,” the Chief PNP explained.

The Special Action Force, the PNP’s national maneuver force, and all 17 Regional Mobile Force Battalions nationwide were put on the highest alert condition for possible rapid deployment and quick reaction to any contingency.

Also alerted were PNP units engaged in relief operations in the wake of the simultaneous attacks staged by CPP-NPA terrorists on disaster response missions in Samar and Surigao del Sur at the height of preemptive evacuation operations for typhoon Odette.

This particular security concern is simultaneous with ongoing heightened security measures implemented nationwide by local PNP Units throughout the Holiday Season as well as relief and rehabilitation operations in areas affected by Typhoon Odette. (ai/mtvn)

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